Friday, August 18, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (197) - Titans Return Octone a.k.a. Octane

Finally gotten him!!!! Did not purchase this Titans Return Octone (or rather, Octane) locally but through Taobao.com, as it is much cheaper even with shipping and agent fee... Cost approximately SGD40.50, which is way cheaper than the normal price of $56.99 in Toys R Us... Have also ordered a KO MP10 OP (normal size and colour) and a KO TLK Sqweeks normal-sized version (simply because his legit version is too expensive for this little toy, hahahaha)...


AS this is the China-sold version, it has an additional chinese instruction sheet...


... Oil tanker mode!!!! ... Is the better of his alt modes, in my own view...


Plane mode!!! Weird lump of parts at the rear of the jet... I believe the front grills (purplish and black square parts) are deliberately designed to be positioned there to resemble the G1 version... 


And my usual way of transforming to plane mode... rear of plane looks a little less bulky than the official transformation...


Best mode - Robot mode!!! Yeap, I also prefer to transform him without the large shoulder pads and "rabbit ears", so as to be more G1-like...


And I find the fat gun to be ugly, so will just use this slimmer one, hahahahaha...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (196) - Takara AD-01 Optimus Prime

Had to get him as my KO version was damaged beyond repair after I took it out from display to transform it not long ago... And decided to spend a bit more to get the Takara version as the paint job is better especially the robot head... Costs approximately SGD39.90... from Taobao.com...


The painted tire rims are so nice!!!



Even the robot limbs are painted silver... Nice clicking sounds that came from the ratcheting joints which the KO version had mostly missing...



I had doubted the authenticity of this figure as mine came with no instructions and most critically, the spring flaps on the thighs are stuck while transforming to robot mode... Some shaving and chiselling eventually solved the issue but it leads me to wander if I got a bootleg version... Hahahahahahahaha....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of KOs (195) - KO Robot Masters Optimus Prime

Wanted to get a good Optimus Prime to go with the KBB Walthertron in my office, and then realize that maybe Robot Master series figures may be of a suitable size... and it seem so... So bought this KO Robot Masters Optimus Prime from Taobao.com, and it turn out to be quite a good figure!! ... Cost approximately SGD 8.25 ...


The plastic used does not feel like fragile type, and overall weight is quite hefty for a KO... However,the head is simplified to non-rotating, and hence face is clearly visible in truck mode... Cannot tolerate this... Also, the smokestacks (white plastic) and front-light sections (blue plastic) are also missing paint application, making the truck looks a bit ugly...


... And truck mode after adding paint... Should I paint the wheel hubs??? Hmmm...


... Oh, also restored the head to be able to rotate 360 degree...


... robot mode, as out of the packaging... Joints are generally tight, except for 1 leg's hip-joint which can be repaired tightened using 2 drops of super-glue... The side-abs are missing the spring effect, but not an issue as they can be manually swung down when transforming it...


Added some yellow to the arms, and also over the crotch piece and hips too... Also restored the silver side-abs... Looks good!!! The white plastic rifle is also coated with black paint from a black paint pen with some silver detail...


This is still 1 of the better representation of the G1 (cartoon) Optimus Prime in my personal opinion, though the (leg) articulation is less than satisfactory....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (194) - Titans Return Alpha Trion

Gotten this from Metro at a very good price of SGD 25 only...


I like this way of transforming him in robot mode, where the 2 front beast limbs are folded to the back, making him look "slimmer", hahahaha.... Oh, have since kept the "spaceship-gun" thing as it really looks out of place for my preference...



Beast mode is a bit weird and looks good only when viewed from the side... and the purple unpainted eyes are hidden in the face, so decided to dismantle the head-halves and repaint the eyes to orange using a paint-pen... looks so much better...



And don't quite like the spaceship-carrier-whatsoever mode... so decide to configure this mode to include wing-like parts, and make it look like a jet-ish vehicle... A few configurations came into mind, and I posted some of these that I played and like...



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seaspraysssss....


Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (193) - ROTF Legends Optimus Prime (Loose), DOTM Commander Class Optimus Prime, Titans Return Bumblebee, TLK Voyager Optimus Prime

Collected yet another haul from Taobao.com yesterday...

ROTF Legends Optimus Prime (Loose)
For display in my office... Costs approximately SGD 4.75 ...




DOTM Commander Class Optimus Prime
Gotten him to add to my collection of Optimus Primes / Optimuses Prime / whatever, hahahaha... Very nice little piece of OP, wonder why I did not get him last time... Costs approximately SGD 9.60 ...








Titans Return Bumblebee
Gotten this because of the head sculpt which is very close to the G1 cartoon version... yeap, only that reason... next on the to-buy-list for Minibots will be TR Cosmos... Costs approximately SGD 10.60 ...


Here's Bumblebee in car mode and compared to his G1 counterpart...



... and Bumblebee in robot mode and compared to his G1 counterpart...



Gathering of the Minibots!!!



The Last Knight ( TLK ) Voyager Optimus Prime
Box is weird.. as in the plastic edges of the packaging are mostly unfolded... anyway, does not bother me much... Costs approximately SGD 36.40 ...


Robot mode of TLK Optimus Prime.... Very neat and relatively compact backpack... Nice...



Truck mode... realized the wheels are unpainted, so...


... painted the wheels' inner to silver! Nice...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reunion of the Decepticons Trio....

(Megatron's voice) Finally, at last, hahahahaha...